Answer Me This

Just for fun!  Light-hearted!  No stress!  Can you tell I need a bit of a break tonight?

1. Have you ever walked out of a movie?

No.  There was one time I was reeeeeeeeally tempted, and that’s when I went to see Blair Witch Project in college.  Here’s the thing: I like scary movies.  But that movie is just… over the top.  Jerky cinematography? Violence against children?  No, gracias.

And of course, we already knew how it ended, so what was the point?  I was literally at the edge of my seat, ready to stand up, when one of my friends pulled me back ant told me not to make a scene.  I wish, to this day, that I had walked out of that movie.

Oh!  I just thought of another funny movie story.  My brother, who is now a priest, was attending seminary about an hour away from us when the second Matrix movie came out.  He and Kevin and I thought it would be fun to go see it in the theaters together.  (Obviously, this is before we had kids, because, who gets to go to grown-up movies in the theater anymore?  Not this gal!  Oops, I just lied.  Kev and I went and saw X-Men:Days of Future Past last weekend and it was – sing it with me – AWEsome!)

Anyway, back to Matrix.  For whatever reason, we were late getting to the theater, so Kevin, Brother Matthew and I could only find seats in the very first row.  Now, no one likes sitting in the front row of a movie theater.  I’m not even sure why they make them that close anymore.  But that’s where we were, getting all tripped out by the crazy Matrix fighting, etc, when BAM: a very explicit, and if I’m remembering correctly, highly unnecessary scene just rolls right in.  Because I was so close to the screen, I literally could not look away. Seriously, there was nothing but screen all up in my face.

So I’ve got my husband on one side, and my brother, who because he is in a religious order, was already wearing the “priest” collar and black shirt, on the other.  Oh, man.  It was AWKARD.  I can’t say I thought about walking out.  Mostly I covered my eyes and I’m pretty sure my brother did too.

Fireworks from last night. Clearly, I need to work on my fireworks photography.

Unrelated: Fireworks from last night.
Clearly, I need to work on my fireworks photography.

2. Do you abstain from meat on Fridays?

Not as a rule, but I have been attempting to much more lately.  Like Kendra mentioned, I didn’t even know it was a thing when I was growing up.  We only abstained from meat on Fridays during Lent.  I rather like the idea as a year-round practice, though.  Heaven knows I need some practice being mindful.  Funny thing is, since I moved away, my parents have taken up the practice.  Now, if only I could remember every Friday…


meat fridays


3. What do you most often use for blogs and blogging: desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone?

Oh, lawdy.  Laptop, only.  I love my iPad, but not for typing anything of length, and certainly not for the WP app.  Which explains, at least partly, why I don’t blog as much as I’d like.  When we do watch TV, which isn’t every night, we use the laptop to stream it.  So, if there’s something reeeeeeeally good on TV, it’s a no-blog night for moi.


4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

When I was 10, someone stole my ten-speed bike of my front porch.  It was a birthday gift and so so special.  I cried and cried over that.  Two things that made it worse: we were sitting in the living room at the same time someone stole it, and we heard what we though was an animal on the porch.  Didn’t bother to check it out.  #wayneregretzkys Secondly, a couple days later, I saw a kid from a few blocks away riding it past my house.  I was so mad, but I couldn’t catch him on foot and by the time I got my brother’s bike to chase him, he was gone.  I don’t think I ever saw the kid again.


5. Do you identify as a member of a particular ethnic group?

Not really, I guess?  Kevin is half-Italian, so we do a lot of wonderful Italian things (and eat a lot of delicious food) with his family.  I’m Irish, English, Dutch, and German.  I know there’s a lot of rich heritage there, but we haven’t explored it much.

Kevin and his Italian mama

Kevin and his Italian mama

Oh!  One cool thing about my heritage: I have some swanky relatives.  According to my great uncle, who spent years tracing our genealogy, I’m a distant cousin to Princess Diana (we share a maiden name, as a matter of fact), and I’m also somehow related to Winston Churchill and the Kennedys.  As far as I know, a whole lot of people would have to die for me to be considered heir to the British throne, but still.  Cool, right?


6. Seen anything weird lately?

Not lately.  Mostly, for the last week, I’ve been staring at my ceiling, wallowing in what now appears to be a cold, mixed with allergies, and some good old pregnancy rhinitis mixed in for fun.  Yay!

But I will tell you the two things that popped into my head with that question.  First, when I was living in San Diego, pre-married bliss, I saw 2 things within seconds of each other that made me question my sanity.  One: a plane that appeared to be flying backwards.  A few seconds later, I saw a woman walking a cheetah on a leash, just a few hundred yards from my house. What. The. Heck.

Secondly, I learned about these incredible creatures my last week in Korea.  To read more about them, click on this old post: Vampire Deer


Head on over to Kendra’s for more funny answers to random questions.




  1. Lady Micaela, *curtsy* I still cover my eyes in movies or fast forward at home. And I did not know of the meatless Friday until a couple of years ago, either. When you figure out fireworks photography, you need to share tips. I don’t even bother
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    • Oh, yes. Definitely cover my eyes or just fast forward. But it was suuuuuuuper awkward with my brother there. Super duper.

  2. I just watched the Matrix last night for the first time, and there were several scenes I just covered my eyes for. And how terrible that someone stole your bike. That’s just wrong.

  3. I love the crying lady for Friday. That is SO my problem.
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  4. Jee Won says:

    Hi~Darr family~!!Long time no see~
    We wonder how your famliy is.
    Kevin looks so nice.^^*
    My daughter miss your kids.and really want to call you soon.
    please kakaotalk me.

    • Hi JiWon!

      Yes, we must talk soon. We are out of town this weekend, but maybe next weekend? I’m having trouble with Kakao Talk. Have Byung Wook message me on Facebook and we can set up a time.

  5. Yes us Italians know how to make great food! I went out of town with my sisters in-laws and they did not eat every 2 hours like my italian family…it was weird…and I was hungry all the time! My cousin laughed at me when I told her.
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    • HAha! Yep, I must have become Italian by osmosis, because I totally get that hunger. We joke that family vacations are just having family dinners in another location.